The EDC organise several community events each year:
Table of Upcoming Events
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Our Annual Early Dance Festival
We host a community focused dance history festival each year; enthusiasts and professionals from across our community perform for each other’s pleasure. A list of our previous festivals can be found here.
EDC 37th Annual Festival (
Stratford), October 2020 – LOCKDOWN UPDATE
Because of the ongoing Corona Crisis, the EDC Committee has decided that it must cancel the 2020 Annual Festival in Stratford (planned for October), our first cancellation in 37 years.
WHAT WILL WE DO INSTEAD? (we all need a Festival 2020 of some sort)
In place of our usual Festival, your committee feels that this is an opportunity. EDC plan to review all that we have done over past years. We want to host a Virtual Festival, making good use of current technology to show each other (& others) the best examples we can find of our dancing. Some form of permanent record will be created.
HOW CAN GROUPS PARTICIPATE?
Dance groups linked to the Early Dance Circle are invited to submit examples of their best work in the form of short video extracts, together with a text description of the video material and a ‘biography’ of the group, to place it historically, geographically and culturally – answering questions such as, ‘Who are we? Where do we come from? What do we do?’ This would be similar to the introductions to performances at a live Early Dance Festival, but rather fuller. We may not match up to the Virtual Eurovision Song Contest of 2020, but it’s going to be fun trying. Watch this space for developments.
Our Annual Lecture
We host a popular dance history lecture each year. An archive of information on our previous lectures can be found here. What follows are details of our most recent Lecture.
EDC Annual Lecture 2020Patrons and Pirates: Publishing Dance in the Eighteenth Century
Friday 28th February 2020 7.15 p.m.; Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH
Our speaker is Dance Historian and Archivist at New College, Oxford Jennifer Thorp. In 1706 English dancing-masters were introduced to the new concept (for London) of dances recorded in notation and manuals in English on how to read them. That year John Weaver, with the encouragement of two significant patrons, sold copies of his influential Orchesography and A Collection of Ball-Dances … by Mr Isaac through the Strand bookshop of Paul and Isaac Valliant. They did him an honest and successful job but inadvertently signalled to less scrupulous printers that there was money to be made in such publications, by fair means or foul. This talk looks at the ways in which some of the eighteenth-century dance materials that we cherish today came into being and survived – if they did?
Jennifer Thorp is a dance historian with both a practical and a research-based interest in court and theatre dance of the late17 th and 18th centuries. She is currently working on a biography and study of the career of the dancing-master Mr Isaac and has also contributed to the forthcoming books “Portraits of Dancers” & “Dance and the Enlightenment”. She co-organises the Oxford Annual Dance Symposium each April at New College Oxford.
For further information or to reserve your free place, please contact: email@example.com or 020 8699 8519 . A suggested donation is £5.00.
Our Biennial Conference
The EDC hosts a major dance history conference every two years. Proceedings are published and an archive of information on our previous conferences can be found here.
EDC BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2021: Retrieving & Reconstructing the Past through Dance (postponed from 2020)
7th-9th May 2021, at St Katharine’s, Parmoor, Frieth RG9 6NN (near High Wycombe)
This Conference will feature an international set of speakers on historical dance topics spanning the 15th century to the 20th. A list of contributors and topics will be included on the Booking Form in due course.
NB The EDC Conference for 2018: PERCEPTION AND RECEPTION OF EARLY DANCE, was held 18-20 May 2018 at St Katharine’s, Parmoor. This Conference has finished and work is now underway such that its Proceedings will be published soon.
We host and collaborate on other events from time to time. These can include workshops, study days and additional lectures, as the opportunities arise. Many such projects are undertaken in collaboration with another organisation, do get in touch with us if you have a joint project in mind. An archive of information on our previous special events can be found here. What follows are details of our most recent Special Event.
The 2020 Commedia Festival
STREET THEATRE – WORKSHOPS – SHOWS
From Noon onwards – costumed performers parade from the Churchyard of St Mary’s Rotherhithe to the Norwegian Church, where The Death and Resurrection of Pucinella will be staged, with dancing. Old Boney and a crowd of zanies will make their appearance.
FREE TO ALL.
Afternoon Workshops from 2 -4:30 will feature Barry Grantham and Olly Crick.
Evening performances of commedia will take place in the recreated 17th century theatre in the heart of Sands Studios.
Tickets are available on the door or via Eventbrite. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.